What Does Grief Look Like?
Doing open-ended art activities together helps adults and children relax and connect.
Open-ended art is important for young children, and it can allow them space to express the many feelings that come with the death of a loved one. A blank page is full of possibility—there are endless ways to fill it, and there are no right or wrong ideas or results! Giving children opportunities to freely explore and experiment can help them express themselves. And… you can do it together!
Print this page and invite children to draw or write about their feelings, memories of their loved one, or anything at all. Offering reassurance along the way can help them remember they’re not alone.
Sitting and creating quietly together can be great bonding time.
In this story, Elmo’s cousin Jesse helps remind children that big changes can mean new opportunities to learn and grow.
Jesse Expresses Grief Through Play
A video to show how children can express their feelings of grief through play — and how grown-ups can help.
Re-grieving as Seasons Change
A video that shows how grief can come and go throughout life.
Elmo and Jesse Remember Uncle Jack
A video to show that there are many ways to remember—and celebrate—a person who died.
Growing as We Grieve
Parents and caregivers, reflect on your own experience of grief and hear what has helped other families cope, thrive, and find joy.
Growing as They Grieve
A special guide for providers supporting children who are grieving.
Supporting Grieving Native American Children and Families
Learn ways to support Native American children and families who are grieving with compassion and cultural humility.